Something Silver

Something Silver

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With 1974's "Lady Marmalade," LaBelle placed itself in a spotlight that would last until Patti LaBelle left the group for a solo career some two years later. A darling of New York's Apollo Theater, the group never compromised, delivering its fiery, passionate R&B exactly as its members wanted to. Leaving behind the cookie-cutter big hair and lookalike dresses of its Blue Belles era, LaBelle took the stage after dropping out of sight to reinvent itself, and emerged as a group of glamorously modern individuals -- three strong styles that melded into a universal whole of staggering proportion. This compilation rounds up the group's best songs and includes many of its covers, alongside original material. The members of LaBelle were masters of interpretation, blessed with the uncanny ability to completely co-opt a song -- to turn it into something of their own without disturbing the integrity of the original and, in most cases, elevate it to heights previously unimagined. Through the use of classic R&B, funk, and dance beats that foreshadowed the disco movement, LaBelle turned its audience's attention to something vitally fresh and unique. This collection opens with LaBelle's reinvention of Gil Scott-Heron's Black Power manifesto "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," which bleeds out of a revolutionarily balladic version of Thunderclap Newman's "Something in the Air." Coincidentally, that band's producer, Pete Townshend, then gets in on the act, as LaBelle gives "Won't Get Fooled Again" the classic girl group treatment -- both bratty (in a good way) and strong. Cat Stevens' "Moonshadow" also becomes an entirely different song, slowed down and harmonized. Treatments of the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" and folksinger Laura Nyro's "Time and Love" are also included. The band's own songs, meanwhile, round out this chunky set with the classics "If I Can't Have You," "Shades of Difference," and "Touch Me All Over." The eternal "Lady Marmalade" winds the whole thing down with what remains, for many people, LaBelle's defining moment. An anthem for everybody, it stood apart by serving as a signpost for future generations. After all, without LaBelle to pave the way, would TLC, Destiny's Child, or the striking images of Moulin Rouge exist nearly 30 years later?

Product Details

Release Date: 02/11/1997
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624635925
catalogNumber: 46359
Rank: 8903

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Labelle   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Patti LaBelle   Primary Artist,Vocals
Art Neville   Organ
Earl Turbinton   Soprano (Vocal),Alto (Vocal)
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Buzzy Linhart   Rhythm Guitar
Sweet Inspirations   Vocals
Kenny Ascher   Organ,Piano
Daniel Ben Zebulon   Conga
Lester Caliste   Trombone
Gene Casey   Piano
Judy Clay   Vocals
Gene Cornish   Guitar
James R. Budd Ellison   Piano
Herman V. Ernest   Drums
Howard "Buzz" Feiten   Guitar
Clarence Ford   Alto (Vocal)
Dick Frank   Acoustic Guitar
Russell George   Bass
Marlo Henderson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Steve Howard   Trumpet
Clyde Kerr   Trumpet
Andre Lewis   Organ,Bass Guitar,Electric Piano,Clavinet,Kettle Drums
Maxayn Lewis   Piano
Bob Mann   Guitar
Rick Marotta   Conga,Drums
Leo Nocentelli   Guitar
Don Payne   Bass
Leon Pendarvis   Piano
George Porter   Bass
Lon Price   Flute,Tenor (Vocal)
Hank Redd   Guitar
Luther Rix   Drums
Maurice Saunders   Conga
David Spinozza   Guitar
Bill Takas   Bass
Alvin Thomas   Flute,Tenor (Vocal)
Emry Thomas   Drums
Allen Toussaint   Percussion,Piano,Electric Piano
Harold Vick   Soprano Saxophone
David Williams   Drums
Carl Blonin   Baritone (Vocal)
Kenneth "Spider Webb" Rice   Drums
Michael Powell   Piano

Technical Credits

Jack Adams   Producer
Kenny Ascher   Arranger
Gene Casey   Director
Larry Fallon   String Arrangements
Kit Lambert   Producer
Andre Lewis   Arranger
Leon Pendarvis   Arranger
Allen Toussaint   Arranger,Producer
Vicki Wickham   Producer,Executive Producer
Vince Aletti   Liner Notes

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